Cholesterol Health Issues

What Are Triglycerides?

Most of the fat in the human body exists in the form of Triglycerides. They are also present in blood plasma where in they combine with cholesterol to form plasma lipids.

The fat contained in the food that you eat is the main source of triglycerides. Apart from that, they may also be converted from other sources of energy such as carbohydrates. All the calories consumed by you are not immediately utilized. These are converted to triglycerides and then stored in the form of fat.

There are certain hormones that help in the release of these triglycerides stored in the fat tissues, when your body needs energy. Now that we are aware of triglycerides, we need to know how to control the factors responsible for an increase in the triglyceride level in our blood.

The normal guidelines for triglyceride levels are as follows:

•    Less then 150 mg/dL – Normal
•    150 to 199 mg/dL- Borderline-High
•    200 to 499 mg/dL- High
•    500mg/dL or above-Very high

High levels of triglycerides, also known as hypertriglyceridemia is linked to various cardiovascular diseases. Untreated diabetes can also result in high amount of triglyceride levels. If you are suffering from obesity, you need to cut down on your calorie intake so that you may not end up with high triglyceride levels. You should also reduce the consumption of saturated fatty acids and the intake foods rich in carbohydrates.

Following a proper diet plan reduces the amount of fat deposit in your body substantially, thus resulting in normal triglyceride levels.

How to control high triglyceride levels?
High triglyceride levels could be controlled with a few dietary and lifestyle changes. You need to take the prescribed medicine but you must also incorporate these changes to get faster positive results-

- Follow a regular exercise routine of at least 30 minutes. It is very important to exercise in one form or the other on a daily basis.
- Control the amount of carbohydrates and fats that you take. Reduce on eating butter and saturated fats and other foods that may be high in carbs.
- Stop eating red meat completely and abstain from alcohol and cigarettes.
- Take more of fruits, vegetables nuts, and cereals. They would help you fight the ill effects of triglycerides.

You must understand that triglycerides form a major part of your overall cholesterol levels and so you have to be sure that you keep them under control. High triglyceride levels could invite the risk of heart diseases and cause a lot of damage to your health.